O’Reilly Auto Parts Drivers Ratify First Contract
The distribution drivers for O’Reilly Auto Parts have ratified their first contract with Teamsters Local 728. The unit of about 50 tractor-trailer drivers delivers auto parts from the regional distribution center in Atlanta to O’Reilly Auto Parts retail stores in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. O’Reilly is the second-largest auto parts distributor in the country.
“We locked in fair annual pay raises and got commitments from the company to increase the safety of the delivery areas at each retail store,” said Ben Speight, Director of Organizing for Local 728. “And, we fought for, and won, bonus pay for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.”
"This contract is the best thing that has ever happened to me at O'Reilly," said Kevin Culberson, a driver and a member of the union's negotiating committee. "I am proud to no longer be an at-will employee and to have strong union representation."